The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in Shanghai was down two high profile celebrities. American pop star Katy Perry and Supermodel Gigi Hadid were denied entry to China.
According to Page Six, The communist government took issue with a sunflower bright, glittery dress Perry wore during a performance in Taiwan, which later went viral and caused outrage as the sunflower had been adopted the year before by anti-China protesters.
“She was initially granted a visa to perform at the VS show in Shanghai, then Chinese officials changed their minds and yanked her visa,” a source explained.
Meanwhile, Gigi Hadid was reportedly banned for a controversial Instagram video in which she’s seen imitating a biscuit shaped like Buddha while squinting her eyes.
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A source told Page six that “For every artist who wants to perform in China, officials comb through their social-media and press reports to see if they have done anything deemed to be offensive to the country.”
I’m so bummed I won’t be able to make it to China this year. Love my VS family, and will be with all my girls in spirit!! Can't wait to tune in with everyone to see the beautiful show I know it will be, and already can't wait for next year! 🙂 x
— Gigi Hadid (@GiGiHadid) November 16, 2017